As Amycakes nears a decade in business, the bakery cooks up record revenue.
“Ready. Set. Give.” is a seven-part series that helps companies create a culture of giving. “Well, a simple idea is for a company to do something like ‘blue jeans day,’ …
The organization works to help single moms with resources and immediate needs.
1 Million Cups is leaving the startup phase as it nears its five-year anniversary; co-founder Sterling Huff reflects.
Known as The Uniform Broker, Stephen Driscoll aims to maximize vendor contracts and business cash flow.
Longtime restaurant Ebbets Field comes under new leadership; nonprofit Leadership Springfield opened its first office space; and Ellecor Design and Gifts relocated to the Rountree neighborhood.
SBJ is following brand strategists Longitude through the process of rebranding a restaurant, from concept to outcomes.
Stressed Out Humans combats sedentary workplaces with breathing and movement exercises.
The 22nd branch for Central Bank of the Ozarks opened; the Gene Taylor Community Based Outpatient Clinic began seeing patients; and The Adam Johnson Team at Keller Williams Greater Springfield broke off to form Alpha Realty MO LLC.
The owner of a local food delivery service says he has been priced out of the market by national companies, and a lawsuit is all that’s left between the competitors.
Drs. Eric and Tania Reavis expand their company to the Southgate Shopping Center.
MakerGeeks owner says the company is filling orders after Black Friday and Christmas created a backlog.
The website "offers information, inspiration and community for women who own or aspire to own their own businesses."
A funding mechanism for startup and small businesses is making big dividends as an alternative to traditional loans.
Technology veterans form startup to carve their own path, starting with a four-day workweek.
Bigfoot Subs opened at 2204 W. College St.; ReeceNichols Real Estate acquired Re/Max Lifestyle Realty in Branson West; and veteran restaurateur David Bauer bought Harbell’s Grill and Sports Bar LLC.
The company will provide hardware and software to little-known Hearo Technologies.
Eight months after buying a home in Rountree for its new space, the home design company moves from Farmers Park.
Bike enthusiast Cody Stringer is betting his bike share nonprofit will lead to a more bike-friendly city.
As employees are more mobile and have a desire to work from home, Haden Long owner of Ellecor, explains office spaces are trending towards a more home-like feel. Things like shared work spaces, office pets, and cozy furnishings allow employees to be selective about where they work and become more effective as a result.
Every industry has to navigate trend shifts, but Scott Shotts of Missouri Spirits describes the changes in beverage industry as anarchy. Tried-and-true spirits rules are being ignored. Learn how the local distillery balances following the trends for product development with taking risks.
Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, started his first business at the age of 19, ran the business for 16 years before selling it. He recognizes the benefits of starting a business so young when he had relatively little to lose. "The stress and the uncertainty of this would be crippling," he says for somebody accustomed to a regular paycheck.
ighty percent of questions are common across industries, so you don't need industry-specific experience to do effective market research according to Debra Kassarjian, independent consultant and owner of DKInsights. As a matter of fact, she thinks there is a great deal to be gained from exchanging ideas outside of your industry.
Danny Collins, 37 North founder and guide, says the biggest leap they took in the first year was to purchase a vehicle. That major financial investment, however, allowed them to provide their outdoor guide services at a price point they felt was more appropriate.
Springfield Diner owner Ömer Önder sits down with a restaurant consultant who starts challenging the menu offerings."No bashful food." The blunt conversation is the launching off point to determine how the Mediterranean influence will affect the young restaurant's offerings in the future. Made to Order is an ongoing sbjLive documentary series in collaboration with Springfield Business Journal tracking the rebranding of a local restaurant.
Haden Long, owner of Ellecor, opened a retail home decor business five years ago in a traditional retail space. When the interior design side of the business took off, she decided to renovate a 100-year old bungalow to better show off product samples and installations.
Scott Shotts, partner with Missouri Spirits, says when they started in 2011 there were approximately 300 distilleries in the U.S. and now there are more than 3,000 so competition has grown significantly. Diversification of their business model has helped them succeed.
Matthew Blystone of Theta Float Spa had the financial means to start the unique business, but used crowdsourcing for pre-orders to determine market interest in addition to gathering a nice cash reserve before opening.
Avery Parrish with the Springfield Regional Arts Council explains how businesses can display local art in their spaces for a fraction of the price of investing in a permanent collection. The corporate partnership program allows a business to select from a customized portfolio of local artists' work curated based on the company's mission and aesthetic that can be switched out every six or 12 months.